49 Reasons to get Excited for the 2018 Season

We've been waiting nine months for this moment. The San Francisco 49ers won each of their last five games and became one of the most talked about and anticipated teams in the NFL heading into the 2018 season. In honor of the home opener against the Detroit Lions, here are 49 reasons 49ers fans should be excited for what's to come in 2018.

49. Gameday Giveaways

Checkout the season-long lineup of gameday giveaway items for all fans who visit Levi's® Stadium for 49ers home games in 2018. All fans in attendance will receive the giveaway item to every home game in 2018. Levi's® Stadium holds over 70,000 fans. That's a lot of giveaways!

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48. Best Seat in the House

This season, the San Francisco 49ers introduced plush field-level seating with in-seat delivery service as close to the action as any in the NFL. For more on these ultra-exclusive seats, visit 49ers.com/fieldseats.

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47. IdentoGO Green Room

IdentoGO Green Room opens underneath the south end zone of Levi's® Stadium. The all-inclusive club served as the green room for concert tours. In addition to featuring Levi's Stadium concert posters for artists such as Coldplay, Taylor Swift and the Grateful Dead, the club space will be adorned with the Gold Moments at Levi's Stadium informational wall art exhibit to highlight all the great concert acts to play the venue.

46. More "Celek Time"

45. Renewed NFC West Rivalry

The Los Angeles Rams and 49ers are battling for supremacy in the NFC West. Under two young coaching masterminds in Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay, and up-and-coming quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Jared Goff, the two teams will face off in Week 7 at Levi's® Stadium for "Sunday Night Football" on Oct. 21 and the season finale on Dec. 30 in Los Angeles.

44. New Rookie Talent

The 49ers added young talent in this year's draft that are likely to contribute this season.

  • Mike McGlinchey
  • Dante Pettis
  • Fred Warner
  • Tarvarius Moore
  • D.J. Reed Jr.
  • Jullian Taylor
  • Richie James

43. Augmented Reality

The 49ers have partnered with MYXR, the team's official augmented reality partner. Through this first-of-its-kind partnership, MYXR's AR Platform will significantly expand the 49ers fan experience at Levi's® Stadium and allow season ticket members to engage with their credential getting valuable information and the ability to interact using your smart phone. Be on the lookout for four all new augmented reality souvenir cups available this season.

42. Kyle Shanahan

The 49ers had a top 10 offense in 2017. Just imagine what he can do with a full year with Jimmy Garoppolo.

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41. Touchdown Terrace

Levi's® Stadium has added a unique gathering spot located on the outer ring of the stadium's main concourse nearest Gate F. Touchdown Terrace is highlighted by several popular Bay Area restaurants including San Francisco Italian eatery Barbacco, Asian street food truck The Chairman, Michael Mina's Bourbon Pub, and quirky and fresh flavor ice cream shop Salt & Straw.

Touchdown Terrace will also feature a weekly "Coin Toss" where fans can vote on their favorite signature food item that will debut at Levi's® Stadium. Fans can also submit photos of themselves using #49ersMosaic to be featured in a giant fan mosaic. Additionally, fans are encouraged to retrieve their free photo upon utilizing the hashtag.

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40. Los 49ers!

The 49ers have launched a new Spanish-language content initiative for the 2018 season that will feature live radio broadcasts of every 49ers game and a weekly in-studio show, all airing on 49ers.com. The organization's 49ers Studios broadcast team is partnering with Telemundo 48 as an official broadcast partner of the 49ers.

39. Terrell Owens HOF Ring Ceremony

The former 49ers wide receiver is scheduled to receive his Pro Football Hall of Fame "Ring of Excellence" at halftime in Week 9 when the 49ers host the Oakland Raiders on Thursday, Nov. 1.

38. Michael Mina's Tailgate

On 49ers home games, Bourbon Steak and Bourbon Pub transforms into a one-of-a-kind, members-only club tailored for Levi's® Stadium seat holders. Inspired by the essence of a backyard barbeque with friends on an NFL Sunday, Michael Mina's Tailgate provides an innovative twist to the classic get together. To learn more about Michael Mina's Tailgate, check out Levi'sStadium.com.

37. Marquise Goodwin

Goodwin was just 38 yards shy of his first 1,000 yard season in 2017. There's high expectations from San Francisco's 2017 George Halas Award winner in his second season with the 49ers.

36. Levi's® Stadium Partners with Levy Restaurants

Premier sports and entertainment dining and hospitality company Levy Restaurants has partnered with the 49ers at Levi's® Stadium. From concourse concessions to suites, clubs and events, new dining destinations and fan experiences are now available at Levi's® Stadium

35. Fly Overs

Be on the lookout for a variety of military flyovers, featuring fighter jets, helicopters and much more during 49ers home games.

34. Faithful Mile presented by Global Syn Turf

A 60,000 square foot tailgating space serves as the official pre-game destination of 49ers home games at Levi's® Stadium. The spacious pre-game fan zone is accessible to all 49ers ticket holders free of charge after passing through the security perimeter on the west side of Levi's® Stadium.

33. Alumni Appearances

You'll have to wait and see which 49ers alums make special appearances this season at Levi's® Stadium. To learn more about the 49ers Golden Opportunities or a photo op with a 49ers alumni pre-game on the sidelines, visit here.

32. Gold Rush 35 Year Anniversary

Celebrating 35 years of the lovely ladies in red and gold.

Take a look at the top images of the 49ers Gold Rush over their 35-plus year history.

31. Super 70s Sports

We've joined forces with the snarky, edgy and flat out hilarious @Super70sSports to bring you 49 exclusive versions of Super 70s Sports 49ers Edition delivered all year long on Twitter.

30. Pierre Garçon

Garçon is entering his 11th NFL season and second with the 49ers in 2018. In his first season with the team, Garçon finished with 500 receiving yards, the third-most on the team in just eight games played.

29. Faithful Rewards presented by Esurance

The rewards program for the 49ers Faithful. Become a member today and earn points for core fan activities mainly tied to game day actions that members do every game. Continue as a guest and go straight to the marketplace to buy a limited number of VIP game day experiences, or "Golden Opportunities." To find out more, visit 49ersfaithfulrewards.com.

28. Ask Sourdough - Virtual Assistant

Looking for game day bites? Trying to located the nearest first-aid station? Have all your questions answered by Sourdough, our virtual assistant, in the 49ers app and Levi's® Stadium app.

27. Reuben Foster

Foster showed signs of being an elite linebacker in his rookie season despite missing five games with several injuries. The 49ers expect Foster to play a big role in San Francisco's defense following his two-game suspension.

26. Top Golf Swing Suite

Located in the Michael Mina Tailgate loft event space, the Top Golf Swing Suite will enable visitors to play a variety of interactive, virtual games – including the popular Top Golf game – on a best-in-class simulator, while enjoying comfortable lounge seating, HDTVs and food and beverage service.

25. Mobile Ticketing

Mobile tickets are required for entry in 2018. 49ers fans will continue to access verified tickets on their mobile device, download them to a digital wallet, receive personalized event notifications, and enjoy a streamlined venue entry experience. To learn more about how to access your tickets, visit 49ers.com/tickets.

24. Players Returning from Injury

Several key members of the 49ers will make their return following season-ending injuries in 2017.

  • Arik Armstead (hand)
  • Jaquiski Tartt (arm)
  • Jimmie Ward (arm)
  • Malcolm Smith (pectoral)
  • Joshua Garnett (knee)
  • Pierre Garçon (neck)

23. Faithful Then, Faithful Now Banners

Check out an ode to the 49ers past and present on the exterior of the stadium and around the perimeter on the light pole banners.

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22. Replays, Replays and More Replays

This season, the 49ers have beefed up in-game replays with 360 degree reviews powered by Intel True View to get you closer to the action.

21. Richard Sherman

The former arch nemesis and divisional foe joined the 49ers secondary this offseason. Sherman currently leads all active players in interceptions (32) and passes defensed (99).

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20. Foghorn

You never know which surprise guests will continue the pregame tradition at Levi's® Stadium.

19. Red Zone Rally

The premier all-inclusive pre-game party at 49ers games takes place at Great America Pavilion. For three hours prior to kickoff, Red Zone Rally pass-holders enjoy top-of-the-line food and beverage offerings inside a private, air-conditioned space featuring hard wood floors and 54 large HD televisions spread throughout the 18,000-square-foot venue.

18. Goulden Boy

Robbie Gould finished the 2017 season with a career-high 145 points. His 145 points rank second in franchise history for most points in a season.

17. Remembering Dwight Clark

The 49ers will continue to celebrate the greatest teammate to ever wear the red and gold. The San Francisco 49ers will honor Dwight Clark with the unveiling of statues depicting "The Catch" outside of Levi's® Stadium. The 350-pound statues of Dwight Clark and Joe Montana will be placed exactly 23 yards apart, just as the two 49ers were during the famous play. The statues are set to be unveiled on Oct. 21, during the 49ers Alumni game where the field will feature an "87" marking in the end zone commemorating the location of "The Catch." All funds raised throughout the weekend will support Clark's charity of choice, the Golden Heart Fund.

16. DeForest Buckner

Is this the year "DeFo" becomes "D-POY"? San Francisco is expecting big things out of the former first-round draft pick in Year 3.

15. Battle of the Bay - Raiders vs. 49ers

The two Bay Area teams will face off for the final regular season matchup before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.

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14. Kyle Juszczyk

Expect Kyle Shanahan to fully utilize the 49ers offensive weapon this season.

13. Throwback Uniforms

The 49ers will wear their highly-anticipated throwback uniforms from the 1994 Super Bowl season on "Sunday Night Football," Oct. 21 against the Los Angeles Rams. Secure your seats here.

12. Solomon Thomas

The 49ers are are counting on big steps forward in Year 2 from the former third-overall pick.

11. No Fly Zone

Richard Sherman adds to a promising young secondary highlighted by Adrian Colbert, Ahkello Withespoon, D.J. Reed, Jimmie Ward, Tarvarius Moore, K'Waun Williams, Greg Mabin and Jaquiski Tartt.

10. Improved Offensive Line

In addition to Joe Staley, Joshua Garnett and Laken Tomlinson, the 49ers set out to add protection surrounding their franchise quarterback with the additions of Weston Richburg, Mike McGlinchey and Mike Person.

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9. Faithful Appreciation Day

Last year, the 49ers gave away Amazon Echo Dots, Great America Season Passes, Wireless headphones, Microsoft Surface Books, Super Bowl LII tickets and over 500 other giveaways. This year is sure to be even bigger and better. See you at Levi's® Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 23.

8. All Gas No Brakes

Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh's publicized mantra of "extreme violence" is more than enough to get you pumped for the season.

7. Special, Special Teams

In 2017, the 49ers special teams held opponents to an average of 4.2 yards per punt return, ranking tied for first in the NFL (Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts).

6. 49ers Flagship Team Store

Get ready for the 2018 NFL Season at the Team Store located inside of Intel Gate A. Fans can also shop online at Shop49ers.com or at the SF Centre Team Store location.

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5. Five-game Win Streak to End 2017

The 49ers finished the 2017 regular season as winners of six out of their final seven games, including victories in five-consecutive games to close out the year. The team's five-game win streak was the longest active streak in the NFL at the end of the season.

4. Bobblehead Jimmy

Be there for the home opener against the Detroit Lions in Week 2 where every fan in attendance will receive a Jimmy Garoppolo bobblehead. Get your tickets here.

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3. Five Primetime Games

This year, the 49ers will be playing in the maximum allowable five-prime time games including two on ESPN's "Monday Night Football" (Week 6 at Green Bay & Week 10 vs. New York Giants), two on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" (Week 7 vs. Los Angeles Rams & Week 12 at Seattle) and one on FOX/NFL Network's "Thursday Night Football" (Week 9 vs. Oakland).

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2. Jimmy G

Over his five starts with the 49ers, Garoppolo threw for 1,542 yards and averaged 308.4 yards per game, with six touchdowns and five interceptions. The 49ers were second in the league in points per drive during Garoppolo's five starts.

1. 72nd Anniversary of the San Francisco 49ers

Here's to a great 2018 season. Faithful Then, Faithful Now.

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